COD Temporarily Closes Monterey Avenue Entrance for Renovation
Beginning May 29, 2012 College of the Desert (COD) will begin an extensive renovation of the Monterey Entrance to the Palm Desert campus. Throughout the duration of the project, various vehicle and pedestrian routes will be redirected and alternate routes identified. Anyone needing access to the campus should use the Magnesia Falls, Fred Waring Drive or San Pablo Avenue entrances.
The first phase will be to remediate traffic congestion. The remainder of the project will create a new welcoming landscape entry to COD while turning the space between the Communication and Cravens Student Services Center buildings into a useful assembly and outdoor student life area. The redesign is one of several Phase One projects paid for by a $346.5 million bond issue approved by Coachella Valley voters in 2004. The Monterey entrance will be closed from May 29 to September 2012 and will cost an estimated $3.5 million. It is anticipated that the entire project area will be open for use by the Spring of 2013.
Currently under construction, the Communication building, just north of the Cravens Student Services Center, is slated to open in Spring 2013. The new building is a two-story steel framed building of approximately 39,880 sq. ft. The building will house classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms and ancillary spaces.
On the other side of the campus, and almost complete, is the Math, Science and Technology Center (MSTC). The new building will provide additional science laboratories and six classrooms, as well as offices and the College's MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) program. It will also be the new location of the District's Information Technologies Department which continues to grow with the College. It is a two story building on the campus' east side. The 40,353 sq. ft. building is scheduled to open this summer.
Other construction projects funded by the bond and already completed include the Coeta and Donald Barker Nursing Complex, the Peggy and Donald Cravens Student Services Center, the City of Palm Desert Public Safety Academy at COD, the Alumni Centre and a new Central Plant. The bond also calls for expansion into the east and west sides of the valley and the complete overhaul of the existing main campus infrastructure in Palm Desert, where utilities, mechanical components and some 20 buildings will be replaced or renovated planned through the year 2015. The original campus construction began in 1961.